Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher Awards Funding for Casey County Community Projects

Press Release Date:  Thursday, December 14, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Samantha Cook

Water project, agricultural center among projects being funded

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) visited Liberty today to present more than $2.4 million in funding for five projects in Casey County.

“These projects will touch a number of lives in Liberty and Casey County,” said Governor Fletcher. “I am happy to be in Liberty to bring this important funding to the community.”

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Funds

Governor Fletcher presented Casey County officials with $581,000 in CDBG funding for the East Casey County Scattered Waterline Extension Project.  The project consists of laying 23.8 miles of water lines to bring safe, clean water to 189 customers along 15 roads in the most remote reaches of Casey County. Included in the project are a pneumatic pump with bladder tank and all necessary appurtenances.

“It is so important for the health and well-being of our residents that they have safe, clean drinking water,” said Sen. Vernie McGaha (R-Russell Springs).  “This project will ensure that those citizens affected will not have to worry about contaminated water sources.”

Continued support of the CDBG program by Kentucky’s congressional leaders has made the funding available nationally as well as within the commonwealth.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development makes these funds available through GOLD, which administers the CDBG Small Cities program in Kentucky.

HB 380 Community Development Line-Items

Governor Fletcher also presented Casey County Fiscal Court with funding for four improvements that were line items in HB 380, the enacted Executive Branch budget. They included $1.5 million for development and construction of the Southern Kentucky Agricultural Exposition Center. The funding will go toward the purchase of an open-sided building, fill dirt, portable horse stalls, bleachers, a public-address system and box seating.

Rep. Jimmy Higdon (R-Lebanon) said, "This center will provide a first-class facility for the entire region to host large events, drawing in crowds from across the commonwealth and contributing to the economic vitality of the county.  These funds are very important to Casey County as well as the surrounding communities.”

Governor Fletcher presented the Fiscal Court with funding totaling $350,000 for three other budgeted improvements.

He presented $150,000 for an educational building. Funding will be used to retire debt on the building and to pay for renovations including partition walls, floor tile, improved lighting and the addition of restrooms.

The governor presented $100,000 for improvements to the county park. Money will be used for purchase of playground equipment, ground and landscaping improvements, fencing, new posts, grass seed and brick dust.

He presented $100,000 for the Somerset Community College Land and Building Acquisition Project.  Funds will be used to purchase the land and building to house the Somerset Community College.

HB 380 Community Development line-items are administered by the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD).